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Visiting graveyard on EID

Assalamu Alaikum: sir usaully in kashmir after fajar prayer on the day of Eid, people go to graveyard for faatiha, is it permissile on Eid?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

The prophet mohammad(pbuh) did not specify a day to visit the graveyards, thus one may visit the graveyards whenever one wills.

To allocate a particular day to visit graveyards, or to assume that the visiting of graveyards on a particular day is more meritorious or auspicious than on other days, would be an incorrect assumption and belief.

To recite or offer 'fatihah' when visiting the graves is not from the Sunnah of the prophet mohammad(pbuh), thus it has to be an innovation....and every innovation in the pure and perfect religion of Islam must be avoided by the believers who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last every innovation is misguidance & every misguidance is in hell.

Whenever the Prophet mohammad(pbuh) visited a grave or graveyard, he (pbuh) would make the following supplications:

Ibn Abbas reported: "Once the Prophet (saws) passed by graves in Madinah. He (saws) tumed his face toward them saying: 'Peace be upon you, O dwellers of these graves. May Allah forgive us and you. You have preceded us, and we are following your trail'." Tirmidhi[Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 584(R)]

Aishah reported: "I asked: 'What should I say when I pass by a graveyard, O Messenger of Allah (saws)?' He (saws) replied, 'Say, "Peace be upon the believing men and women dwelling here. May Allah grant mercy to those who have preceded us and those who are to follow them. Certainly, Allah willing, we will join you"'. Related by Muslim.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace The upon him) went out to the graveyard and said: Peace be upon you, the abode of the believing people. and If Allah so wills we shall join you.... (and so on and so forth) like the hadith narrated by Isma'il b. Ja'far except the words of Malik: Then some persons would be driven away from my Cistern.SAHIH MUSLIM[ Book 2 : Hadith 483]

There is absolutely no evidence in the authentic and established Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws), nor in the practice of the noble companions, whereby any amongst them recited the Surah Al-Fatihah or practiced any rite or ritual called the Fatihah when visiting the graves or graveyards.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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